Caught : the prison state and the lockdown of American politics / Marie Gottschalk.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 
xiv, 474 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction:The prison state and the lockdown of American politics Show me the money : the great recession and the great confinement Squaring the political circle : the new political economy of the carceral state What second chance? : reentry and penal reform Caught again : justice reinvestment and recidivism Is mass incarceration the "new Jim Crow"? : racial disparities and the carceral state What's race got to do with it? : bolstering and challenging the carceral state Split verdict : the non, non, nons and the "worst of the worst" The new untouchables : the war on sex offenders Catch and keep : the criminalization of immigrants The prison beyond prison : the carceral state and growing political and economic inequalities in the United States Bring it on : the future of penal reform, the carceral state, and American politics.
"The huge prison buildup of the past four decades has few defenders today, yet reforms to reduce the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons have been remarkably modest. Meanwhile, a carceral state has sprouted in the shadows of mass imprisonment, extending its reach far beyond the prison gate. It includes not only the country's vast archipelago of jails and prisons but also the growing range of penal punishments and controls that lie in the never-never land between prison and full citizenship, from probation and parole to immigrant detention, felon disenfranchisement, and extensive lifetime restrictions on sex offenders. As it sunders families and communities and reworks conceptions of democracy, rights, and citizenship, this ever-widening carceral state poses a formidable political and social challenge.In this book, Marie Gottschalk examines why the carceral state, with its growing number of outcasts, remains so tenacious in the United States. She analyzes the shortcomings of the two dominant penal reform strategies--one focused on addressing racial disparities, the other on seeking bipartisan, race-neutral solutions centered on reentry, justice reinvestment, and reducing recidivism.In this bracing appraisal of the politics of penal reform, Gottschalk exposes the broader pathologies in American politics that are preventing the country from solving its most pressing problems, including the stranglehold that neoliberalism exerts on public policy. She concludes by sketching out a promising alternative path to begin dismantling the carceral state"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-438) and index.
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